Scarlett Johansson Being Roasted On Twitter For Her Casting Comments

Black Widow in Age of Ultron

As popular as the actress is, Scarlett Johansson has been something of an easy target for jokes on social media for the past couple of years due to her controversial decisions to take on a Japanese character in Ghost in the Shell and a trans role in the aborted Rub & Tug biopic. Yesterday, some new comments from the star were released in which she stated her belief that “as an actor I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal.”

Unfortunately, this quote didn’t go down well online, to say the least, as many felt Johansson’s words made light of the need for greater diversity in Hollywood by comparing minorities to trees. As you can imagine, there’s a range of responses out there, with some blasting the actress with angry comments and others penning intelligent arguments. But mostly, people just made a lot of jokes at Johansson’s expense.

And yes, folks couldn’t resist using Avengers: Endgame memes.

In particular, people mined the “tree” part of the comment for a lot of material…


Considering Johansson’s role as Black Widow in the MCU, naturally there were plenty of Groot jokes going around, too:

As funny as these reactions are, we have to give ScarJo the benefit of the doubt here. The actress has already responded to the backlash over her comments, pointing out that her words were taken out of context in the original piece by AS IF Magazine. In her response, the star makes clear that she supports “diversity in every industry” and will continue to “fight for projects where everyone is included.”

Scarlett Johansson‘s next movie hopefully won’t invoke too much controversy, as she’s currently filming the Black Widow solo film, something that’s been a long time coming. Somehow, it’s only the second female-led outing in the MCU, but we expect to hear a lot more about it at Marvel’s Hall H panel at Comic-Con this coming Saturday, July 20th.